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Endless Mountains Fiber Festival

Harford Fair Grounds ~ 485 Fair Hill Road ~ New Milford, PA 18834


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​​​2019 Demonstrations


SHEEP SHEARING 

​Saturday 2:00pm

Sunday 2:00pm

With Kelly DeBree: River’s End Sheep Farm                                                                      Kelly is a small-time sheep shearer from Fleetville, PA who specialize in small flock sheep shearing and custom wool processing.  She has been shearing for other people for about 5 years and has raised and bred sheep for over 12 years.  Her flock, River’s End Sheep, consists of Suffolks, Jacobs, and East Friesians, some of whom you can visit in the sheep barn in the breed display. She loves to talk about sheep, so visit her at her shearing demonstration or with her sheep in the Breed Display.
After every shearing demonstration, Kelly and Sharon Milewski of Rascal Fair Farm will also be presenting a wool handling demonstration so anyone interested can learn how to skirt and store fleeces, as well as how to use otherwise unusable wool as mulch in your gardens.  Stick around they will be happy to answer any questions!



ALL ABOUT ANGORA RABBITS
Saturday 11:30am
With Ellen Anderson: Aboundingful Farm

Ellen is a Shepherdess, Spinner & Fiber Artist located in Lebanon County PA. She has been raising Angora rabbits for over 20 years. Her rabbit herd consists of English, French & Satin Angoras, as well as some other short-haired rabbit breeds that she raises for show. During this demonstration, she will be showing you the different Angora breeds and talk about housing, grooming, care, harvesting the fiber and spinning it. She loves to educate people about the Angora rabbits and is always happy to answer questions from those interested in the possibility of owning an angora rabbit someday.   


INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT - Managing internal parasites in sheep & goats 

Saturday 11:00 am
with Moria Norris, DVM 
 
The ever changing weather conditions and increasing incidence of chemical resistance in parasite populations create a challenge for internal & external ruminant parasite management.  Come listen to Moira Norris talk about integrated approaches to parasite management. 


​​ALPACAS AND LLAMAS

Sunday 11:30am
With Karen Taylor: Snowy Oaks Llamas & Fibers and

Catherine Bente’-Hines: Alpacas of Sunshine Farm, Fiber & Clothing Store 
Karen Taylor and Catherine Bente’-Hines have been raising llamas and alpacas, respectively, for over 20 years. They will have some of their alpacas and llamas to the festival and will be talking about the differences between these two camelids. They will also discuss how to care for them and what you need to raise these unique animals on your farm. Karen or Catherine will be happy to answer any questions you have about these wonderful animals. 


HOOF CARE CLINIC

Sunday 11:00am
with Kelly DeBree:  River's End Farm
The lives of our animals depend on a solid foundation - four solid hooves!  Poor hooves can lead to a host of secondary problems with diminished grazing interest quickly apparent.  Join us for a discussion on the basics of hoof care.​

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SHEEP HERDING

Saturday 10:30am & 1:00pm

Sunday: 10:30am & 1:00pm
Meet the CzechMates – Becky with Czechers and Ena, Val with Han and Tag
Becky & Val met through of their mutual love of border collies and an interest in  training these dogs to do what they were traditionally bred for which is to work sheep.  They saw an opportunity to help others see the wonders and joys of developing a working relationship with these fabulous dogs.  In their demos they try to represent the commitment that is required to achieve a well trained border collie but also the fun of competing in sheep dog trials
 


PEG LOOM WEAVING

Sunday 12:15pm

with Sharon Milewski: Rascal Fair Farm
We are pleased to have Sharon Milewski demonstrate the ancient art of “stick weaving,” which was brought back from the first religious crusades.  Stick weaving quickly spread throughout early civilization as a simple means for weaving clothing, household goods, and sacks/purses.  Today, stick weaving has experienced a rebirth and has come to be known as “peg loom weaving”.   The peg loom not only allows us a window into the past, it provides us the opportunity to introduce weaving to a new generation.  You will see how to warp the loom and weave warp threads onto the loom , as well as how to embellish projects with decorative accents.


NATURAL FIBER DYING

Saturday 12:15pm
With Roxanne Eklund: Dye for Design
We are very excited to have Roxanne Eklund demonstrate fiber dying with colors from nature. This year, Roxanne will be demonstrating up-cycling dyed garments by over-dyeing and printing with plants. She will take an old chambray shirt or worn t-shirt and by using plant leaves & natural dyes she will up-cycle the shirt into a new creative garment of natural colors and pattern.


INTRODUCTION TO RAISING SHEEP OR GOATS

Saturday 2:30 pm

With Chelsa Hill Livestock and 4-H Educator, Penn State Extension

So you want to raise sheep or goats. This program provides an overview of sheep and goat production principles. Chelsa will start with the basics of what you need to get started. She will explain where to find and how to select animals for your operation and what kind of handling and equipment needs you might have. Reproduction basics from breeding through lambing or kidding, feeding, nutrition, health issues, plus marketing and finances will be discussed. This is an opportunity for future producers to gain insight into sheep and goat production and ask questions of livestock educator.



PREPARING FOR LAMBING & KIDDING AND GENERAL HEALTH ISSUES OF SHEEP AND GOATS

Sunday 1:30pm

With Chelsa Hill Livestock and 4-H Educator, Penn State Extension

This program will provide information about what producers should expect during lambing/kidding season, preparation that should be done, and potential health issues that may arise during gestation or after the birth.